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10 Corso Como

Former fashion editor and publisher Carla Sozzani conceived 10 Corso Como as a virtual narrative. Using the gallery and bookshop as its core, Sozzani has structured a living magazine where editorial choices in food and fashion, music and art and lifestyle and design are constantly made by the visitor and customer as they engage across so many arenas of interest. People both in and beyond the art and fashion scene began to see in this concept something quite new and radical for retail and even more for presenting art in the same breath as style. The Italian sociologist Francesco Morace in 1991 coined for 10 Corso Como the term that would later become a standard marketing idea "concept shop". A way to join culture and commerce, 10 Corso Como multifunctional philosophy allows to present a unique blend of art, music, design, cuisine and culture from around the world to the world.

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Alexander Wang

Designer clothes and accessories. This American fashion designer is known for his urban designs. After designing a Fall 2008 collection using black as the predominant color,he designed his Spring 2009 collection using bright colors such as orange, dusty purple, aqua and hot pink. In the meantime he has reverted to using mainly black fabrics, and is often praised for exhibiting outstanding tailoring skills.

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Alpinetrek

Premium outdoor speciality retailer selling the largest collection of high quality climbing and mountaineering gear in Europe and really standing for advocacy, competence and perfect service. Reasons to shop with them: high quality outdoor gear; 120,000 products in stock; over 500 of the best outdoor brands; standard delivery within 3-5 working days is free for orders above £50; 30 days returns policy; 2-year warranty.

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Amara

Over 300 of the world’s most luxurious home fashion brands, many of which being exclusive to them, such as Ralph Lauren Home, who have carefully selected Amara as the only online store to distribute their home collections. Bringing you the very best in luxury home fashion, they now offer nearly 35,000 products on their website to ensure your interior style is always covered. Their online magazine, The LuxPad, which provides a discerning insight into not just the interiors and design industry but also the worlds of fashion, travel and luxury cuisine, has grown exponentially over the past three years with the latest industry interviews, case studies and inspiration published weekly. With an ever expanding subscription list and US and Austalian versions launched last year, the magazine is gaining in popularity every day and many more exciting features are planned for the year ahead. Amara’s reach is ever increasing and in 2015 they connected with their customers oven more through the launch of their German language site to join their French site launched in 2014 and by increasing the visibility of their other dedicated country websites including US, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UAE and Ireland.

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Argos

Is the UK's leading digital retailer, offering more than 33,000 products through www.argos.co.uk, its growing mobile channels, stores, over the telephone and uniquely, through Argos TV. Argos continues to be the UK's largest high street retailer online with over 430 million website visits annually. Argos serves around 130 million customers a year through its network of 740 stores. In the financial year to February 2012, Argos sales were £3.9 billion and it employed some 31,000 people across the business. Argos is part of Home Retail Group, the UK's leading home and general merchandise retailer. They Keep clean and green, dealing accordingly with environmental issues such as waste management and energy consumption; they are extending their product range to help you make more responsible choices, conserve resources and save money; they source with care, providing details of their timber sourcing policy, chemical strategy and ethical trading conditions in their supply chain; they support the local and national communities in which they operate. These are just some of the practical ways in which they try to be socially, ethically and environmentally responsible. They're committed to reducing the impact their business has on the environment as well as helping you to do the same. They're working hard to reduce the amount of resources they use and the amount of CO2 emissions they produce. Some of their recent achievements: 91% of waste from the business was recycled, 35% reduction in waste sent to landfill, 26% reduction in packaging from own brand and direct-sourced products, 9% reduction in carbon footprint and 100% of direct-source and direct-import factories have a current ethical audit. They believe that working to meet these objectives is the best way to live up to your expectations of them as a retailer, enhance their reputation and manage their resources effectively in the face of rising costs.

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B and M

Was formed in 1978 and is now one of the leading variety retailers in the UK. From its first store in Blackpool, Lancashire, B&M has grown to over 500 stores and employs over 22,500 staff. B&M believe in selling top branded products at sensational prices. They attract over 3 million happy customers a week through their doors. B&M has stores throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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Barneys New York

Luxury specialty retailer renowned for having the most discerning edit from the world’s top designers, including women’s and men’s ready-to-wear, accessories, shoes, jewellery, cosmetics, fragrances, and gifts for the home. Barneys' signature sense of wit and style is manifested in its creative advertising campaigns, original holiday themes, and celebrated window displays. Today, Barneys New York operates flagship stores in New York City, Beverly Hills, Chicago, Seattle, Boston, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Scottsdale along with a preeminent luxury online store, Barneys.com, as well as 25 other stores and outlets across the United States.

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BHS

British department store chain with branches mainly located in high street locations, primarily selling clothing and household items. In recent years, the company has begun to expand into furniture, electronics, entertainment, convenience groceries and, most recently, fragrance and beauty products. The company has 164 stores throughout the United Kingdom, and 74 International stores across 18 separate territories. BHS was previously a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index, but was bought by Sir Philip Green in 2000 and taken private. The company became part of Green's Arcadia Group in 2009. On 12 March 2015, BHS was sold to the consortium Retail Acquisitions Ltd for the nominal value of £1.

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Bloomingdale's

To think it all started with a 19th century fad, the hoop skirt. That was the first item that Joseph and Lyman Bloomingdale carried in their Ladies' Notions Shop in New York's Lower East Side. In the late 1800's, most fashion retailers specialized in just one type of garment. Not the brothers Bloomingdale, their East Side Bazaar, opened in 1872, sold a wide variety of European fashions. It was the beginning of what would become a "Department Store". In 1886 came the visionary move uptown to 59th Street and Lexington Avenue. The store expanded steadily and by the 1920's, Bloomingdale's converted an entire city block. Flexing his marketing muscle, in 1900 Lyman created splashy ad campaigns to bring people in the door. People started seeing the "All Cars Transfer to Bloomingdale's" slogan everywhere, on billboards, delivery wagons, and even ladies' beach umbrellas. In the 1940's Bloomingdale's became the stage for gala events and fashion shows, including "Woman Of The Year, 1947." With music, lighting and sophistication, it was retailing as theater. In 1961, the Bloomingdale's team came up with the first designer shopping bags. Since then, many have become collector's items. By the 70's, everyone was stopping by 59th Street and Lexington Avenue for a look, including Queen Elizabeth. People came to see and to be seen. Once there, they were dazzled by the cutting-edge fashion of designers like Ralph Lauren, Perry Ellis and Norma Kamali, who got their first truly big opportunities at Bloomingdale's. In the 2000's, looking forward, Bloomingdale's is committed to once again lead the way with exclusive merchandise, customized services, and alternative shopping venues. Carrying on the Bloomingdale's brothers' dream, Bloomingdale's are always finding ways to set their stores apart. That's both the legacy and the promise of Bloomingdale's.

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Brand Outlet

Site that gives you instant affordable access to the designer brands you desire most. Whether you’re looking to enhance your individual look, or simply want some style inspiration, their handpicked collections, sourced by their global team of expert buyers are sure to deliver for any occasion. Brand Outlet is a destination site that unites the big brands you know and love with smaller lust-after labels. Let them handle the introductions so you can unlock your bespoke capsule collection. They believe that everyone deserves designer indulgences in their life, and with them you’re able to browse their latest collections, taking in their luxury personal shopping experience without intimidation or expectation. Based in West London at Brand Outlet HQ, luxury, quality and honesty are three values that permeate everything they do. They pride themselves on their customer relationships and have a welcoming open-door policy, which means they encourage feedback and act on it to bring you the things you most covet. In addition, they reply to their customers within hours and provide you with same day dispatch on all orders made before 2.30 pm.

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Brown Thomas

Chain of four Irish department stores, located in Cork, Dublin, Galway and Limerick. Owned by Wittington Investments, Brown Thomas is an upmarket chain, akin to Canada's Holt Renfrew chain, Britain's Selfridges stores and De Bijenkorf in Amsterdam which are also controlled by the Weston family. The stores appeal to a wide audience, selling both prêt-à-porter and haute couture clothing and accessories. The downstairs menswear section of the Dublin branch has been recently renovated. Ralph Lauren, Gant, Hugo Boss, Paul Smith, Dolce & Gabbana and Prada are some of the brands that can be found in the new men's basement area.

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Burton

Manufacturer of snowboards. Founded by Jake Burton Carpenter in 1977, the company specializes in a product line aimed at snowboarders: snowboards, bindings, boots, outerwear, and accessories. The company's flagship store is in Burlington, Vermont and it is privately owned by Burton and his wife, Donna Carpenter, who has been active in the business since 1983.

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